There’s a Costco store not far from our office in Sarasota. Prospective customers often ask us why they shouldn’t just buy a hearing aid from Costco. It’s cheaper, after all.
Here’s the short answer: We sell hearing healthcare, not just hearing devices.
The long answer: Hearing aids are just part of what Gulf Gate offers you. That’s because we provide you with everything you need to make not only the best decision for your hearing health but to receive ongoing support for as long as you need it as well.
That means baseline hearing screenings, hearing aid programming (done right and with as many adjustments as needed), hearing aid fittings (the same high-quality service levels, of course), plus mobile hearing services and tinnitus treatment and support too.
For example, we focus on providing patients with the most natural hearing correction that genuinely simulates real-life settings. We use Audio Reality™ which involves a large flat screen TV and a 5.1 surround sound system to simulate real-life difficult listening environments.
That means you experience hearing device performance in settings as diverse as a noisy restaurant, a moving car, and conversations from a distance at home.
And that’s just one example of the personal touch we offer. We aim to provide a worry-free experience each step of the way. We’re committed to you with the ongoing care, support, adjustments, and continuous amends you need.
Here’s How We Stack Up against What Costco Offers
To their credit, Costco provides you with hearing tests which can help you determine if you really do need a hearing aid.
They lack our complete end-to-end service, however.
Check out this comparison table to see how Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center offers more:
We’re not the cheapest. We admit that up front.
But remember that as with most things in life, you get what you pay for.
Our comprehensive hearing assessments are much more advanced, and our audiologists check every area of your hearing health. Everything is personalized to meet your unique needs and requirements.
You also get more choices. We also offer a wider range of hearing devices by multiple manufacturers. We provide the very best premium solutions available from Starkey, Phonak, ReSound, Signia, Oticon, and Widex.
You also get five full years of Repair Warranty and Loss & Damage Warranty with our brands. That’s a lot of peace of mind.
Meanwhile, Costco offers primarily cheaper Kirkland brand solutions with less flexibility than our premium brands. Plus, less warranty time too.
Where We Don’t Measure Up
Our more comprehensive services do cost more when you’re paying out of pocket.
However, our Payment Plans might be an ideal option for you. In fact, our staff has lots of experience helping you maximize your insurance benefits and creating a “made for you” monthly, quarterly, or annual payment plan.
We also offer these final key advantages: We’re locally owned and operated and provide a curbside hearing aid service to you. While we’re not open evenings and weekends, we can make house calls if you have mobility or security issues that prevent you from leaving home. We can also repair most major hearing aid brands.
In short, we offer a complete hearing healthcare solution you can count on.
We’re proud of what we offer, and our customers think so too.
As we showed in our comparison table, customer surveys as of October 2022 rated Costco hearing aid centers at 3.9 out of 5 stars on ConsumerAffairs.com.
However, the Gulf Gate Hearing Center has been rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by over 100 people on Google Reviews.
That’s quite a difference! We feel the higher rating offers plenty of proof of the value we provide our customers.
So, while Costco might be the right choice for people who only care about price, we offer much more that will ultimately satisfy you more in the long run.
If you have any questions or need any clarification about how we can help you, you can call us at (941) 922-5894 or message us on our Contact page.
That link also lets you schedule an appointment if you like. We typically respond within just one hour during business hours.
Remember, this is about your hearing health. We’re committed to giving you the best possible long-term situation that addresses all your unique needs.